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A: Enjoying a beer at Belgium Beercafe Boudewijn

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 380 meters away

Enjoying my Rochefort 10 Trappist Ale at Belgium Beercafe Bouwewijn in Rotterdam. Boudewijn serves a ...

Enjoying a beer at Belgium Beercafe Boudewijn

B: Kunsthal

by Gary Quigg, 490 meters away

A large art gallery in Rotterdam designed by Rem Koolhaas. It is situated in the Museumpark next to t...

Kunsthal

C: Kunsthal Rotterdam Modern Art Gallery

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 520 meters away

The Kunsthal Rotterdam stages some 25 exhibitions a year. The Kunsthal presents culture in the widest...

Kunsthal Rotterdam Modern Art Gallery

D: Gers Magazine - Releaseparty at Merlief Bender

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 620 meters away

Hoe GERS is dat? Een gratis magazine over gerse dingen in Rotterdam. We nemen je heel binnenkort mee ...

Gers Magazine - Releaseparty at Merlief Bender

E: streetview in Netherlands

by Valentin Arfire, 670 meters away

I have no idea where this place is - if you know please help me place it at the correct place on the map

streetview in Netherlands

F: Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

by Mark de Graaf, 880 meters away

Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

G: Rotterdam - Euromast

by Marco den Herder, 880 meters away

Rotterdam - Euromast

H: Euromast: a 360° panoramic view at sunset

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 890 meters away

This is the 360° view that you have of the lower balcony of the Euromast in Rotterdam, The Netherland...

Euromast: a 360° panoramic view at sunset

I: Gers Magazine #3 - Launch Party

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 910 meters away

A panorama of the launch party of Gers Magazine #3. Gers is a glossy magazine about everything that m...

Gers Magazine #3 - Launch Party

J: De Hoge Heren Apartment Towers

by Gary Quigg, 920 meters away

Built at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, the two residential towers were, for awhile, the tallest tow...

De Hoge Heren Apartment Towers

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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